from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Gipsies' cant, the marking of a trail by handfuls of grass or leaves dropped at intervals. Also patteran.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The patrin is the clue which Gipsies leave behind them on the road they go, that other Gipsies who travel in it may know they have gone before.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • Also, do you know why the patrin webjournal hasn't been updated in 5 years? thanks! APOPHENIA.

  • If you're wondering about the name, patrin is the Romanes word for 'leaf'; the site's glossary says: PATRIN.

  • If it's so easy to lose the way there, there might be a patrin, although there are no camp-marks.

    Five Go To Mystery Moor

  • "Well, it's a patrin, a message, to say that me and my little dog have gone in the caravan too, " said Sniffer, picking up the leaves.

    Five Go To Mystery Moor

  • After all, a patrin is left to show the way, in case the ones following take the wrong route.

    Five Go To Mystery Moor

  • Fleda had a fierce desire to spring to her feet and declare to them all that the sentence of the patrin had been passed upon Jethro Fawe, but she laid a hand upon herself.

    The World for Sale, Complete

  • "Not since" -- she was going to say not since the morning her father had passed the sentence of the patrin upon him; but she paused in time.

    The World for Sale, Complete

  • I've bin there the last three weeks on the patrin-chase, and not a patrin could I find.


  • No, reia, Winnie Wynne ain't in Wales at all, else I'd never give up this patrin-chase.



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